Hallelujah, holy, holy
God Almighty, the great I AM
Who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the great I AM (Phillips, Craig & Dean)
It’s about praise! I have been reading some scriptures in I Peter from the God’s Word Translation, and I have been so encouraged to find new treasures in these passages.
Peter starts by praising God. And that is what it is all about for Peter. The book of I Peter was probably written at least 30 years after Jesus died. Peter had seen the church go through a lot of persecution. Yet all he can communicate is how much we should praise God.
Here are some of the heart lifting things I found in I Peter:
Praise for the SPIRIT– The Spirit is designed to be an integral help to us. “God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit’s help so that you are obedient to Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood.”
Praise for His GREAT MERCY — “God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy.”
Praise because we can be completely CONFIDENT in our salvation. We have a “confidence that is alive.” We are “guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.” Peter tells us: “Place your confidence completely in what God’s kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again. ”
Praise because of the EXCELLENCY of the SACRIFICE Jesus made. “Realize that you weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.”
Praise that we can LOVE: “After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.”
Praise for the everlasting power of the WORD, which REGENERATES us: “You have been born again, not from a seed that can be destroyed, but through God’s everlasting word that can’t be destroyed.”
Praise because we are GOD’S CHOSEN AND BELOVED PEOPLE: “However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God.”
Praise because this salvation is so wonderful: “who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” “You were like lost sheep. But now you have come back to the shepherd and bishop of your lives.”
Praise for the POWER that will always get us through: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Peter ends his letter, “To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Amen! God is the All Mighty. All that we praise God for starts and ends with his power. How utterly comforting it is that no power of the world is stronger.
The demons run and flee
At the mention of the name, King of majesty
There is no power in hell or any who can stand
Before the power and the presence of the great I AM (“A”Great I Am” by Phillips Craig & Dean)